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UN FAO International Mountain Day. International Mountain Day celebration 2015 in Chile/Brazil: photo by College João Paulo of Brazil and the University of Magallanes (UMAG).

UN FAO International Mountain Day, December 11

Since 2003, December 11 is International Mountain Day as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Annually, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) observes the day:

… to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

•   Mountains cover almost one-quarter (22 percent) of the Earth’s surface.
•   Up to 80 percent of the world’s freshwater supply comes from mountains.
•   One in eight people (13 percent) around the world lives in the mountains.
•   Mountain tourism accounts for almost 20 percent of the worldwide tourism industry.

The following ten provides a short glimpse to the mountain environments around the world and to the challenging conditions our ancestors would have faced and endured.

1.   Australia : Blue Mountains, from Katoomba, NSW

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, Katoomba, NSW, Australia,

Torrential rain approaching the Three Sisters; Mt. Solitary peak at right was known as “Mun-mi-ee” by the Gundungarra people (HL 20070708).

2.   Brazil : Serra do Ibitiraquire mountains, near Morretes, Paraná

Serra do Ibitiraquire, mountains, Mirante, lookout, PR-410, Estrada da Graciosa, Paraná, Brazil,

At 1877 metres (6158 feet), Pico Paraná is the highest point in Paraná state and in southern Brazil (HL 20110710; see this).

3.   Canada : Coast Mountain Range, near Vancouver, BC

Helijet's "West Coast Spectacular" Vancouver tour

The Squamish people had coastal villages in and around Howe Sound (HL 20140516; see also this post).

4.   Chile : Lower Andes, in IV Región de Coquimbo

Cerro Tololo, Región de Coquimbo, Chile,

A sleepy “zorro” (desert fox), from Cerro Tololo Observatory (HL 20070623; see this).

5.   Chile : Coastal Range (Cordillera de la Costa), from II Región de Antofagasta

Residencia, ESO Paranal Observatory, Chile,

Telescopes & Residencia, ESO (European Southern Observatory) at Cerro Paranal. Arid Atacama desert, horizontally laminar air flow, and well beyond city lights are prime conditions for astronomy (HL 20091125).

6.   Germany : Zugspitze, from Bavaria (and Austria’s Tyrol)

Kirche Maria Heimsuchung, Zugspitze, Germany,

Germany’s highest church, Kirche “Maria Heimsuchung” (HL 20111009; see also here).

7.   México – Picacho del Diablo, Parque San Pedro Martír, Baja California

Observatorio Astronomico Nacional, Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Mexico,

Southeast from México’s Observatorio Astronómico Nacional to highest point on Baja California peninsula (HL 20051216; see also Fotoeins Friday post).

8.   New Zealand : Southern Alps, flyover near Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Aoraki, Mount Cook, Horokoau, Mount Tasman, Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, myRTW,

Flying north and facing west to the 1st and 2nd highest peaks in New Zealand (HL 20120721; see also post on the “Grand Traverse”).

9.   South Africa : Table Mountain, in Cape Town

View from Table Mountain, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Muizenberg, Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

From the back of the Table to where the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean meet (HL 20121013; see this).

10.   USA : Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai’i, HI

Kohala volcano, Mauna Kea Golf Course, Island of Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii, USA,

Cinder cones on extinct volcano Kohala (HL 20091208; see this).

UN FAO International Mountain Day 2016. Photo by Amy Toensing for Getty Images.

Photo by Amy Toensing for Getty Images. UN FAO International Mountain Day 2016.

Except for the top and bottom images, I made the remaining photos (HL) between 2005 and 2014 with three Canon cameras: Powershot A510, EOS 450D, and EOS 6D. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

3 Responses to “UN FAO International Mountain Day, December 11”

    • fotoeins

      Thanks for your comment, Cornelia. I hadn’t thought of the Dolomites, but the resemblance is striking. I wonder if the chemical composition of the rocks at the Three Sisters is similar to the examples you listed. That’s an investigation for a future time. 🙂


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